Washington D.C. Passes Healthy Tots Act

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The Healthy Tots Act was recently passed in Washington D.C. This Act requires that child development centers and child care homes in the D.C. area that serve 50% or more low-income children participate in the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which pays for nutritious meals and snacks for children enrolled at eligible child care.

The Act provides $3.2 million in local funding for child care facilities participating in CACFP to:

  • Adopt higher nutritional standards than the national standards, including serving local produce (25 cents per child per day in addition to the federal
  • Serve three meals (two meals and a snack, no matter how many hours a child is in care; D.C. will be the first “state” to allocate local funding to pay for a
    third meal).
  • Apply for grants for physical activity, gardens, nutrition education and Farm-to-Preschool programs.

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